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Join A CSA To Go Sustainable This Spring

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Join A CSA To Go Sustainable This Spring

With the official start of spring coming on March 21, you might be dreaming of warmer days and fresher food and of sticking to that resolution you made back in January to eat more sustainably.

One way to do this is to become a CSA member (Community Supported Agriculture), an increasingly popular way to buy local, seasonal produce directly from a farmer. With a CSA you buy “shares” from a farmer that you pay for up front to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation. In return, you get a box of fresh vegetables that is usually delivered each week.

Depending on the area you live in, and where the farm is, i.e. urban vs. rural, you can either pick up the box at the farm, or a certain pick-up location, which is delivered to on specific days and times.

CSAs have evolved and many farmers now offer more options than just a pre-filled box. This includes bringing a variety of what’s in season so that their members can choose their own favorites and letting them fill their own box. Or, they partner with another farmer or farmers to offer items that they don’t produce. Some are also bringing their CSA boxes to local farmers’ markets to make it even easier for their members to pick them up and get exactly what they want.

And, other items are now being offered through CSAs including meat, eggs, cheese, flowers, fruit and even homemade preserves or baked goods.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

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11:02PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

thanks for sharing

9:11AM PST on Jan 21, 2012

Thanks.

9:54AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

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4:33AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Great idea, for so many reasons. Our fledgling CSA, didn't make it. The owner ended in financial distress on unrelated issus, too bad. We'll have to keep looking for another.

11:39AM PST on Mar 6, 2011

Organic is for better health, thanks to the Farmersfor life.

10:30AM PST on Mar 4, 2011

Thank you for the information.

1:38PM PST on Feb 22, 2011

Great idea!

8:02PM PST on Nov 19, 2010

No I have not. Perhaps if I found one sometime, but really
not likely

9:43AM PST on Nov 9, 2010

I grow a good amount of my own, but this would be great fill in and of course for other items I don't grow. Our local farmers market is only on Friday morning in the summer and I work during those hours. I didn't realize there was any Organic CSAs or Co-Ops in this area as I have never seen any advertised, but there are a couple and that's great.

1:14PM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

I looked into this, and found that the nearest CSA farm is 35 miles from my home. It doesn't make sense to drive an hour and a half (round trip) every week just to buy produce.

I'll continue to check the web-site. Maybe next year there'll be someone closer. I love the idea.

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